Palardy, Jean. Translated by Eric McLean.
Title THE EARLY FURNITURE OF FRENCH CANADA.
Publisher Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1971, reduced size reprint.
Seller ID 24227
412 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings. "....provides a valuable source-book of basic information on the design and workmanship of French Canadian furniture from the seventeenth to the first half of the nineteenth century. Armoires, buffets, chairs, commodes, beds and other common items are described and illustrated in detail, and the scope of the book extends to spinning-wheels, chandeliers, mantelpieces, stoves, fab r i c s , d oors, locks and latches. Objects are not treated in isolation: the settings are brilliantly recreated, with outlines of the daily lives of the 'habitants' and of the craftsmen, the use and identification of Canadian woods, a functional d es cr ip ti o n of the furniture, a comparison between French and French Canadian traditional furniture, fascinating inventories of the contents of buffets and armoires, letters and correspondence, lists of woodworkers' tools and descriptions of th eir wo rki ng me th ods. Included also are suggestions for restoring the original colour to traditional furniture, and for identifying genuine French Canadian period pieces. There are approximately 600 black-and-white photographs." Previous owne r's name on fre e f ron t endpaper, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear, tiny faint foxing marks on edges of text block, light soiling on fore-edge of text block, two small light stains on rear board, faint foxing mark s on boar ds - main ly f ront . V ery Good